"If you were to press your heart close up against somebody else’s heart eventually your hearts will start beating at the same time. And two little babies in an incubator, their hearts will beat at the same time. Love that. So if you have somebody in your life that is prone to anxiety, like myself, and if you happen to be a calm person, you could come up and hug me heart to heart and my heart hopefully would slow to yours. And I just love that idea. Or maybe yours would speed up to mine. But either way, we’ll be there together."
— Andrea Gibson (via psych-facts)
"Family gatherings" aka "90% of the people here are racist"
"and claim to be none of these things"
"they’re just joking"
"you’re just going through a phase"
"you’ll get used to it"
"so do you have a boyfriend yet?"
"The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything."
Scott Wood (X)
he motherfucking dropped the truth.
"I think the main sign of a good story for you is that it has to hurt. It has to dig deep into who you are."
— Guillermo Del Toro, Cabinet of Curiosities (via pavorst)
"There are things in my mind I’ve locked away, and there are things that run wild and free."
— jenn satsune (via ohsatsune)
"Sleep was my serenity until even in my sleep I couldn’t escape."
— jenn satsune (via ohsatsune)
Let me hold your hand, your skin,
the stones you’ve swallowed in your sleep.
Let me slip your soul out of your skin
so you can sleep in my palms
— Shinji Moon, from A Thousand Paper Cranes (via violentwavesofemotion)
"And she is the reader
who browses the shelf
and looks for new worlds
but finds herself."
— Laura Purdie Salas (via observando)
do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
— Tyler Ford (via bl-ossomed)
(Source: tylerthelatteboy, via albuspercivalwulfric)
"If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment— which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people."
— Dean Koontz (via attoliancrown)
(Source: maxkirin, via goddammitstacey)